Library classified as a listed building
Ipswich School is proud to announce that our Library, an iconic piece of the school architecture, has been added to the list of Grade II listed buildings, which make up 2% of the buildings in England. This classification means that our Library is of “special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it”.
The Library was deemed significant due to its architectural interest, specifically the fact that it was the last building designed by Birkin Haward and has iconic stained glass windows, designed by John Piper.
It also has important historic interest as a lasting memorial to former Headmaster, the late Dr John Blatchly, and all of the work he did for our school, particularly in building the library. Historic England also noted that the Library is a valued piece of architecture within the school estate, with our School Chapel already being Grade II listed.
Ipswich School Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “Ipswich School has always played a significant role in the history of our town and we are delighted that the School’s library has now been recognised for its special architectural and historic interest – this is a tribute to the lasting contribution of former Headmaster John Blatchly to the buildings of Ipswich School.”
Mr Weaver added: “The Birkin Haward designed building with the John Piper stained glass windows representing the four seasons is an iconic part of Ipswich School, but one which is perhaps hidden from view behind the school’s famous Henley Road façade. I would encourage people to visit the school on Saturday 15 September in the morning as part of the Heritage Open Day, where they will be able to see the library and learn more about its history.”
You will be able to view the Library on Saturday 15 September as Ipswich School is offering tours of the school for Heritage Open Day. The School will be open from 9am to 12noon and there will be the opportunity to go on a guided tour behind the scenes of the famous Henley Road facade. These tours will take place at 9am, 10am and 11am. Anyone interested in going on one of the tours should meet at the Henley Road reception, directly opposite the entrance to Christchurch Park.
The School, which has records going back to 1399 or earlier, has been situated on Henley Road since 1852. The tours will include the 19th and 20th Century school buildings and a visit to the School’s Chapel, which has Victorian stained glass windows.
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